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I wonder why in Thailand traffic does not stop for Zebra crossing


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Even when pedestrian crossings have red lights, vehicles do not stop. Take heed, you are not in Kansas anymore cricket. Oops, I mixed stuff up! Also, always look both ways when crossing a street, even if it is One Way. Ya neva know.

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2 hours ago, kkerry said:

At some Thai shopping centres the security staff will wave a flag or a small strobe light to alert drivers to stop and give way to pedestrians... even they nearly get hit by cars driving through regardless.

vietnam -pedestrian crossings are even more dangerous there.

 

one of the first things i advise any visitors from my country---dont use pedestrian crossings in thailand..its the best way to get run over....

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17 hours ago, taken said:

 I am learning from guys like you. It takes some time to acclimatize. Thankyou. 

..i agree with you...its like being invited into the killing zone..so all they see is 'farang/white/farang/white'...it would be a great help if ALL pedestrian crossings had solar/battery flashing pedestrian signs too, as a lot of driver's/riders have no idea there is a crosswalk until they're right on it 

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17 hours ago, observer90210 said:

The Thai behaviour is very similar to the behaviour say in Europe...15 or 20 years ago.

 

It took the EU metros years, many merciless enforcement by police (done in a honest way), strong repression from the law, massive public safety campaigns and today people do STOP in zebra crossings in major western countries.  Simple.

 

Try 50 years ago.

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It requires a flashing red light and a guard or policemen present for them to notice one. It is dog eat dog on these roads. One must presume nothing and expect recklessness and a lack of courtesy and respect on the roads here. 

 

There is something about putting a normally courteous Thai person behind the wheel that brings out the beast in them!

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28 minutes ago, BobBKK said:

You must be new here. Thais don't stop as Thais do what they want, when they want. Silly farang lol.

I am learning how to behave like Thai's. 😃 

 

In Simple.  "Do as the romans do" 

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When I first started to live in Thailand, doing the right thing to let people cross at crossings, they nearly got wiped out by motor bikes not stopping. I do not stop now, if I see people I hold back from the crossing so others can see the crossing.

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Why don't they stop? Where to start?

Education, or lack thereof.

Selfishness. You do not matter.

Ego. I have a car, therefore I am better than you.

Nationality. You are not Thai, therefore you do not matter.

Karma. If you get hit it's your fault for being in that place at that time.

This is just scratching the surface but it is a good jumping off point.

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